Monday, October 29, 2012

The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I watched The Dark Knight again with my oldest three boys. They hadn't seen it yet. I was disappointed in it the first time around and I still didn't like it nearly as much as Batman Begins, which is an excellent origin story movie, I think. The Dark Knight is (surprise!) dark and the plot is fairly complicated. And yes, Heath Ledger does a fine Joker. But I didn't enjoy it that much. Maybe Two-Face is too sad or something. But I'm glad I watched it with my boys, partly so I could remember its darkness and know what the boys were seeing and partly because it's important to the plot of The Dark Knight Rises.

Which we were lucky enough to see in a second-run theater just a couple of days after watching The Dark Knight. It wasn't the best theater experience -- the focus was off for a little while and there are other things that make this particular theater second-run -- but it's a great movie. I loved the villain and his populist rhetoric. Catwoman was wonderfully conflicted and complicated. And the surprises were pretty surprising. (It's always fun to compare notes after a movie like that. I figured out the Big Plot Twist before the boys did, so I won!)

Jon might be sick of hearing me say this, but I appreciate the fact that Batman changes his voice in these Batman movies. It always seems kind of dumb to me when, for example, Spiderman sounds exactly like his alter ego -- voices are pretty distinct, and I think people would recognize his. So even though Batman's voice is a little ridiculous, I'm glad he sounds different from Bruce Wayne. It makes the disguise part more believable to me.